1 p.l., 109 pp. Small 8vo, attractive modern marbled wrappers. Berlin: 1815.
The very rare sale catalogue — Loh, Vol. 6, p. 102, locates no copy — of the fine scientific library of Meyer (1739-1811), owner of the Hof-Apotheke in Stettin. He studied chemistry in Berlin under J.H. Pott and A.S. Marggraf, and in 1764 he went to Uppsala University, where he studied botany with Linnaeus and possibly chemistry with J.G. Wallerius. In 1780 Meyer founded a distillery in Stettin to produce French-style brandy and liqueurs according to a process that he had developed in his apothecary shop.
This library of 2227 lots was an important collection of botanical, chemical, medical, and pharmaceutical texts, including all the works of “the chemical revolution.”
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1 p.l., 109 pp. Small 8vo, attractive modern marbled wrappers. Berlin: 1815.
63 pp. 8vo, attractive modern marbled boards, paper lettering-piece on spine. Paris: Remy & Delalande, 1789.
A very rare catalogue describing a vast collection of mostly prints and albums of prints. The 328 lots, many of which consist of more than a dozen items, include the work of Ammon, Visscher, Bourdon, Audran, Poilly, G. Edelinck, Dürer, Bloemart, Goltzius, Bosse, Callot, Lebas, Choffard, etc. The prints are generally after pieces by famous artists such as Rubens, Hollar, Raphael, Rembrandt, and the Sadelers. Many of the recueils, which are well-described, contain original prints by the artist and, when factoring in copies, number about 1000 prints...
2 p.l., viii, 16 pp. 8vo (203 x 133 mm.), attractive antique marbled boards. Paris: Denailly & Regnault De Lalande, 1810.
An uncommon sale catalogue that describes the collection of Moitte (1746-1810), a noted sculptor who won the 1768 Prix de Rome. Agréé by the Académie Royale in 1783, Moitte regularly exhibited at the Salons. His lone royal commission was for a statue of Gian Domenico Cassini, which is at the Observatoire de Paris. “Though still not very well known, he was one of France’s most committed and talented exponents of Neo-classical sculpture”–Oxford Art Online.
The present catalogue begins with an informative biographical sketch of the sculptor. The 64 lots include paintings (by Bourdon, David, Giorgione, N. Poussin, H. Robert, Solimena, Suvée, C. Vanloo, Vien, etc.), drawings (by David, Guercino, E. Le Sueur, Michelangelo, Norblin, Poussin, and Robert), and sculptures (by Moitte, Roland, and Giambologna). Lots 59-63 consist of Moitte’s sculpting tools and furniture from his studio.
One folding engraved plate. Title printed in red & black. Double-page title, 14, 364, , 61, 925, , 485,  pp. Four parts in one vol. Thick 8vo, cont. calf (one corner worn, some browning due to the quality of the paper), single gilt fillet round sides, spine nicely gilt. Celle: J.G. Passin, 1744.
The very rare auction catalogue of the monumental collection of ancient and modern medals and coins formed by Gerhard Wolter Molanus (1633-1722), the influential Lutheran theologian and abbot of Loccum. After Molanus' death, the collection passed to his disciple and nephew Justus Christoph Boehmer (1671-1732), who succeeded his uncle as abbot of Loccum.
This was an enormously valuable collection; we know that upon Molanus' death his estate has to pay the very large sum of 66,000 thalers in taxes on the collection.
1 p.l., 87 pp. 8vo, self-wrappers, stitched as issued. Anvers: J. Grangé, .
There was an earlier François Mols sale in 1769 and I suspect the present catalogue offers material not in the earlier catalogue or, more unlikely, the unsold lots. While slight (666 lots), this catalogue is filled with really wonderful groups of book and art auction catalogues and all-too-briefly described manuscripts. Well over two-thirds of the lots are book and art auction catalogues, including many unfamiliar, famous, or rare ones.
Fine crisp copy. A contemporary note on the verso of the title-page states the auction will commence with lot 1. Priced...
2 p.l., 66,  pp. Small 8vo (180 x 105 mm.), late 19th-century cloth-backed marbled boards, spine gilt. Paris: P. Remy & Musier, 1773.
([BENARD, —]). Catalogue des Bronzes, Marbres, Porcelaines, Meubles, & autres objets de curiosité. Provenant du Cabinet de M.*** Dont la Vente se fera…le Jeudi 26 Mai 1774, & jour suivans… 9 pp. Small 8vo. Paris: Chariot, 1774.
xvi, 4, 489 pp. 8vo, cont. sheep-backed marbled boards, flat spine gilt. Paris: De Bure frères, 1822.
The large and fine library formed by Paignon-Dijonval (1708-92), was inherited by his grandson, Morel-Vindé, who made important additions to it. Morel-Vindé (1759-1842), the author of the Déclaration des Droits de l’Homme et du Citoyen (1790), was active as an agronomist. He served as a member of Parlement and became Pair de France in 1815; Louis XVIII created him baron and vicomte.
This library of 3216 lots contained books and manuscripts of the highest quality. The most expensive item of the sale was lot 71...
5 p.l., 219,  pp. 8vo, cont. boards, black leather lettering piece on spine. Paris: Silvestre, 1824.
An important sale. "Ce catalogue renferme une réunion très-nombreuse de livres imprimés par les Elzeviers; il en est de très-rares et qui étaient jusqu'alors restés inconnus aux bibliographes."Brunet, Dictionnaire de Bibliologie Catholique, col. 498. A large number of Motteley's books come from the libraries of de Thou and the Comte d'Hoym.
We learn from the same source that Motteley (d. 1850), lived as a hermit, alone and isolated in a rundown apartment. He was afraid to make home repairs because of...
4 p.l., 219,  pp., one leaf with schedule of the sale. 8vo, attractive antique blue calf-backed boards, spine gilt, uncut. Paris: Silvestre, 1824.
An important sale. “Ce catalogue renferme une réunion très-nombreuse de livres imprimés par les Elzeviers; il en est de très-rares et qui étaient jusqu’alors restés inconnus aux bibliographes.”–Brunet, Dictionnaire de Bibliologie Catholique, col. 498. A large number of Motteley’s books come from the libraries of de Thou and the Comte d’Hoym.
We learn from the same source that Motteley (1778-1850), lived as a hermit, alone and isolated in a rundown apartment...
2 p.l., 82 (i.e., 83),  pp. 8vo, attractive antique speckled calf-backed specked boards, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Paris: De Bure, fils aîné, 1783.
The very rare sale catalogue — OCLC locates no copy in the U.S. — of the library of Mouchard (d. ca. 1783), former deputy of La Rochelle to the Conseil Royal de Commerce. We learn from Debure’s “Avertissement” that the sale was prepared in great haste and is not catalogued to his usual standards. And, indeed, the catalogue consists of just 63 lots, each with a large quantity of books, ranging from 33 to...
1 p.l., 404 pp. Small 8vo, self-bound. Leipzig: .
An uncommon sale catalogue, which describes in the first half (3314 lots) the library of Müller (1747-1819), philologist, teacher, and rector of the Stiftsgymnasium at Zeitz in Saxony-Anhalt. He also served as administrator of the monastery’s library at Zeitz and wrote a series of books and articles concerning the manuscripts present in the collection.
The second part of the catalogue describes another 5622 titles of early and contemporary books. It is amazing to contemplate just how many antiquarian books and manuscripts were on the market following the Napoleonic era.
12 pp. 8vo (199 x 134 mm.), attractive modern marbled wrappers. Paris: Bénard & Narjot, 1810.
A very scarce catalogue, with nearly all prices in a contemporary hand, dispersing the collection of prints assembled by the philosophe and disciple of Diderot. Naigeon (1738-1810), a professed atheist, editor of a large number of clandestine works, and translator of Greek and Roman texts, was a close friend of Diderot and d’Holbach, editing many of their books.
This catalogue lists 54 lots, with prints by Audran, An. Carracci, Desnoyers, van Dyck, Poilly, Rembrandt, Edelinck, Nanteuil, etc. Lot 48 comprises a portrait drawing of Diderot by Vanloo...
vii, , 200 pp. 8vo, cont. red morocco-backed marbled boards, flat spine gilt. Paris: J. Techener, 1844.
The sale catalogue of the final library of the great bibliophile and literary figure Charles Nodier (1780-1844). Author, book collector and, since 1823, librarian of the Bibliothèque de l’Arsenal, Nodier was the progenitor of French romantic literature, and of the kind of bibliophily practiced in France to the present day; he was also an unrivalled seller of books by auction. In 1838 he declared that God had made him rich enough five times to buy books, and five times so poor that he had to sell...
44 pp. Small 4to (185 x 130 mm.), late 19th-cent. brown half-morocco signed “Knecht,” spine gilt. Paris: Lebrun, 1782.
An important and rare sale catalogue, fully priced throughout and with nearly all buyers’ names in a contemporary hand. This was the third and final portion of Nogaret’s collection to be sold during his lifetime (1st: Lugt 2791; 2nd: 3153); his estate sale in 1807 (Lugt 7210) offered the inferior leftovers. In the avertissement, Lebrun, this auction’s expert, declares that this catalogue offers an unparalleled selection of Italian paintings.
“[Joseph Hyacinthe François de Paule de Rigaud, comte de] Vaudreuil, whom Alexandre de Tilly remembered as the most...
2 p.l., 162 pp. 8vo, attractive antique half-calf & marbled boards, flat spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Paris: J.S. Merlin, 1831.
“1619 lots numéros. Collection curieuse; livres bien choisis en tout genre. Il y en a de rares.”–Gustave Brunet, Dictionnaire de Bibliologie Catholique, col. 504. The remained of Nugent de Rothe’s library was sold in Paris in 1835.
Fine copy. Rare; WorldCat does not list a copy.
1 p.l., xxiv, 74 pp. 8vo, self-wrappers, stitched as issued (stitching loose), leaves uncut. Paris: Regnault-Lalande, 1811.
The rare catalogue of this joint sale of the collections of Ozanne (1728-1811) and Coïny (1761-1809), which took place 2-11 December 1811. The former, a distinguished marine artist and engineer, collaborated with Duhamel du Monceau on several illustrated works and taught naval architecture and navigation to the sons of the royal family. Le Tellier de Courtanvaux used one of Ozanne’s ships as a platform to test Pierre Le Roy’s marine chronometer.
A student of Suvée and J.P. Lebas, Coïny exhibited at the Salon from 1802 to 1806 and specialized in engravings of the saints and mythological or historical subjects. He also executed well-known vignettes for the works of La Fontaine, Léonard, and Racine. The pieces from his collection are noted with a “†”.
32 pp. 8vo (195 x 126 mm.), original printed wrappers bound in late 19th-century sheep (spine a bit rubbed), spine gilt. Paris: Paillet & Chariot, 1814.
A rare annotated copy, with prices and many buyers, of this sale catalogue offering Paillet’s personal collection and the remainder of his inventory. Paillet (1743-1814), was one of the most prominent dealers of this period. During the ancien régime, the Comte d’Angiviller charged him with acquiring paintings at auction on behalf of the state, but in the course of the Revolutionary period and the collapse of the Parisian art market, Paillet’s business suffered greatly. This sale was conducted by...
24 pp. 8vo (199 x 125 mm.), late 19th-cent. aubergine calf-backed marbled boards (spine a little rubbed), spine gilt. [Paris]: Charriot & Paillet, 1821.
A rare auction catalogue of paintings, drawings, prints, and miscellaneous curiosities; we locate no copy in North America. The Avertissement explains that the owner of the present collection purchased most of these items in the course of his travels and a number of drawings and studies were acquired directly from a “Mr. Deboissieu” (noted on the title-page), presumably the artist Jean Jacques de Boissieu (1736-1810). Paillet, this sale’s expert, also underscores that this collector purchased many pieces from the artists themselves...
viii, 104, 7 pp. 8vo (213 x 138 mm.), modern cloth-backed marbled boards, red sheep lettering-piece on spine. Paris: Coutellier & Regnault-Delalande, 1820.
An uncommon auction catalogue describing the artist’s vast collection of prints, paintings, and drawings, with the printed price-list bound-in at the end. Pallière (1761-1820), born in Bordeaux, studied under Vincent and exhibited portraits at the Paris Salons from 1798 to 1804. This is an especially large catalogue published by the expert Regnault-Delalande (1762-1824), with 378 lots.
Lots 1-288 & 367-78 consist of prints and large groups of prints by contemporary and Old Master artists. Regnault-Delalande has prepared particularly informative descriptions that note the state...
xii, 476 pp. 8vo, attractive antique half-calf & speckled boards (first three leaves somewhat foxed), spine gilt, red & green leather lettering pieces on spine. London: 1786.
Samuel Paterson (1728-1802), was one of London’s most important auctioneers of the second half of the 18th century; an innovator, he was the earliest auctioneer to sell books singly in lots. He produced catalogues for a series of notable sales, including the libraries of Sylvanus Morgan (1759), Robert Nelson (1760), James Parsons (1769), James West (1773), William Fletewode (1774), E. Rowe Mores (1779), Topham Beauclerk (1781), George Costard (1782), Thomas Crofts (1783), Maffeo Pinelli (1789), and John Strange (1801).
He also was one of the first English dealers to purchase large quantities of books on the Continent and bring them back to London for auction under his own name. The present catalogue is the most important example of his importing activities; it describes 8001 items.
xii, , 250 pp.; 8 pp. Two vols. 8vo, attractive antique mottled half-calf & grey boards, spines gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spines. Paris: Veuve Tilliard et Fils, n.d. [sale: 20 Feb. 1800].
Very rare. “Ce catalogue renferme des articles précieux. M. André-Claude Patu de Mello, ancien payeur des rentes de l’hôtel-de-ville de Paris, né en 1726, est mort en 1799…M. Patu de Mello…possédoit un très beau cabinet de machines de physique et d’astronomie.”–Peignot, p. 117.
Patu de Mello had strong scientific interests and the catalogue of his library lists 1957 lots, which for the largest part...
40 pp. Late 19th-cent. aubergine morocco-backed marbled boards, spine gilt. Paris: Paillet, Narjot, Moisnel, & Bénard, 1820.
An interesting and rare catalogue for an auction that dispersed the collection and studio contents of the prodigious painter Pau de Saint Martin (1751-1820). He studied with J.B. Leprince and Vernet, then exhibited frequently at the Salon. He produced a great number of landscapes of France, especially Normandy, and Switzerland. His son, Pierre Alexandre, also a painter, signed his pieces similarly to his father, leading to some confusion.
This catalogue lists a total of 286 lots, a number of which are large group lots...
22,  p. 8vo (210 x 131 mm.), modern aubergine cloth, title on upper cover. Paris: Félix & Regnault-Delalande, 1821.
A very scarce auction catalogue issued by the prolific expert Regnault-Delalande (1762-1824). A contemporary inscription on this copy’s title-page identifies the seller as “Mme Perdoux,” as does Lugt. A “Madame Perdoux” is recorded as a print-dealer on rue Monsieur-le-Prince, 49, in C. Harmand’s Manuel de l’amateur des arts dans Paris (1825).
The 152 lots include paintings, drawings (by Baltard, Bertin, Lantara, Nicolle, Norblin, Perignon, Pinelli, J. Vernet, etc.), and many prints and suites of prints (lots 45-101). We also find original engraved plates executed...
2 p.l., 8, xxxii, 382 pp. 8vo, cont. mottled calf (upper joint cracked but strong), spine gilt, leather lettering piece on spine. Paris: Gogué & Née de la Rochelle, 1776.
A remarkably large library of more than 21,000 books, particularly strong in the sciences. This copy has been priced throughout in a contemporary hand. 4542 lots of books and 51 lots of prints.
This catalogue is notable from a bibliographical point of view: ”Ce catalogue, rédigé par le libraire Gouget, est remarquable parce qu’on y a adopté un nouveau système de bibliographie qui n’a pas d’ailleurs, et avec raison, trouvé d’imitateurs. La classe des Belles-lettres est...